Research Associate

Hiring Organization: MSU Forest Pathology
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: East Lansing, MI
Application Deadline: December 31, 2020

Research Associate (post-doc)

Position Description

The Sakalidis, McCullough and Cregg Labs at Michigan State University are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate for a project focusing on oak wilt management and options to reduce collateral damage that is funded through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (MISGP). The Research Associate will oversee implementation and evaluation of tactics designed to mitigate impacts of oak wilt infection on surrounding oaks, the loss of healthy oak trees, and the cost of oak wilt treatments. This project seeks to further our understanding of how prophylactic and post-infection treatments affect oak xylem anatomy and to assess inoculum dosage in relation to the likelihood of disease development.

Experience with field work involving trees or forest stands, GPS and data analysis is required. Previous experience with chainsaws and GIS is preferred. Experience with fungicides and/or plant growth regulators, advanced microscopy, wood microscopy and tissue staining techniques, and work with fungi is desirable. The position will entail overnight stays, extensive field work and some laboratory work. The postdoc would need to be able to start by February-March 2021. The appointment will be initially for one year with the possibility of two additional years based on satisfactory performance and continuation of funding. The position will work with the PIs and supervise a seasonal field technician.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Tree physiology, Forestry, Plant Pathology

Minimum Requirements

A highly dedicated and qualified individual with a doctoral degree in Forestry, Plant or Tree Physiology, Plant Pathology, Entomology, or a closely related field is required. Experience with field work involving trees or forest stands, GPS and data analysis is required. The Ph.D. must be completed at the time of employment. The selected candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the U.S. by the start date.

Desired Qualifications

Previous experience with chainsaws and GIS is preferred. Experience with fungicides and/or plant growth regulators, advanced microscopy, wood microscopy and tissue staining techniques, and work with fungi is desirable. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team are essential. Must be able to perform experiments independently in the lab, conduct field work under sometimes challenging conditions, and write scientific publications and other documents.

Required Application Materials

  • Cover letter with a summary of background, research interests and career goals
  • a Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information and details of three professional references

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